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Monday, May 4, 2015

This “$500 Fix” Can Prevent Car and Truck Accidents, Save Lives

 

As personal injury attorneys south of Atlanta, we help victims of trucking accidents prevail in their case.  We also strive to prevent further accidents by advocating for, and educating people about, certain safety measures that prevent injuries and save lives. We’re not alone.  According to Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA), the recent tragedy involving the five nursing students from Georgia Southern University could have been prevented with a simple safety feature for tractor-trailers.

 

Specifically, “forward collision avoidance and mitigation technology” can alert drivers when a collision is about to happen, and automatically brake if the driver does not respond.  This crash avoidance technology may have prevented the deadly truck collision with the students even if the truck driver was distracted, according to a statement released by GTLA. 

 

Even though this accident-prevention technology is readily available and affordably priced (the estimated cost to retrofit older trucks is only approximately $500), it is not currently required for tractor trailers.

 

Ultimately, the proliferation of new technology means that newer and better safety features are becoming more affordable and widespread in newer vehicles.  We applaud the growth of new technology designed to prevent accidents, and want to see it become more widely used in older vehicles - and especially in commercial trucks. 

 

We support Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and implore federal regulators to immediately require crash avoidance technology in all large commercial vehicles. 

 

As always, we will continue to educate and encourage all drivers to minimize distractions and focus on the task at hand when driving.  If you have been injured by someone driving recklessly and need help with your claim, contact us today.  Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have investigated hundreds of automobile collisions and have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for injured clients and families of those killed in wrongful death accidents. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

  

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